Gardner Minshew could give these 3 teams’ QB room a boost

QB Gardner Minshew (15) of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
QB Gardner Minshew (15) of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Gardner Minshew
QB (15) Gardner Minshew II of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /

Trevor Lawrence is entrenched as the top quarterback on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ depth chart. The team hasn’t officially declared him the starter but it’s just a matter of time before they will. Even though Minshew has worked with the ones, there’s no scenario where the Jags would choose him over Lawrence.

Jaguars Head coach Urban Meyer recently told the local media that the Clemson product hasn’t done enough to earn the starting job but once he does, he will get all the first-team reps. When asked what Lawrence is missing, Meyer simply said, “competition and performance“. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggests there may be another reason why Minshew is still working with the first team.

"While there’s a chance it’s a legitimate contest (Lawrence seemed to perform better on Saturday night against the Browns), the better explanation is that the Jaguars are perplexed that they’ve yet to get a decent trade offer for Minshew, and that they’re showcasing him a bit."

Minshew could definitely help several teams. He is one of the NFL’s best backup quarterbacks and has shown he can start, so there should definitely be interest in him. On the other hand, he’s too valuable for the Jaguars. The 2019 sixth-round selection is one of the best backups in the NFL and it wouldn’t make sense to trade him for a late-round draft pick. It’s possible that the Jags are waiting for the right offer but no team has caved in.

In his article, Florio mentions almost a dozen possible landing spots for Minshew. Here are the three that make the most sense.